When Tea Kettles Turn Infamous

by Christina Lenkowski

Much like the infamous United State Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, I guess I can’t specifically determine when something is or is not offensive to some people, “but I know it when I see it.”

Spreading like wildfire across the media is a JC Penney ad for a tea kettle that some seem to think looks like Hitler. Because it has an extended arm. Like every other tea kettle in history. Oh, and maybe a handle that could look like the silhouette of an old dude’s combover. Maybe.

I am all for freedom of speech, but making up comparisons that aren’t really there is just silly. Luckily, JC Penney had a sense of humor about the whole thing and tweeted in response to the issue:


It may have actually been a blessing in disguise for the struggling retailer—the tea kettle is now sold out!

So kudos to the company responding quickly and appropriately to such an absurd association, and boo-dos (I’m pretty sure I just made that up, but go with it) to those who felt the need to call out the company for an ad that really did not deserve all the hype it received.

And best thing about the whole ordeal—these comments from Telegraph readers speaking about the situation:

Eldridge: "Is it an SS kettle? SS=stainless steel"
Eccles11: "What are you, an anti-steamite?"

While this didn’t involve the hijacking of a fire department’s Twitter handle by a 5-year-old playing Angry Birds, we appreciate the quick and humorous response and its ability to douse any brushfires before anyone else can fan the flames.

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